Politics-Oriented Software Development || kuro5hin.org: "The goal of meetings, as far as the manager is concerned, i s to appear in control and abreast of the project. Your goal is to make sure that they think they are in control and abreast of the project, while keeping all details from them. Most managers will happily collude in this, since they have no desire to know what ishappening, so long as they are seen to be so aware and are rigorously kept blissfully ignorant of their own ignorance. Remember that managers are essentially secretaries who can fire you."
January 31, 2005
January 28, 2005
ACM Queue - How Not to Write FORTRAN in Any Language - There are characteristics of good coding that transcend all programming languages.
How Not to Write FORTRAN in Any Language
Whatever language you write in, your task as a programmer is to do the best you can with the tools at hand. A good programmer can overcome a poor language or a clumsy operating system, but even a great programming environment will not rescue a bad programmer. —Kernighan and Pike
January 27, 2005
Music thing: Burns Night Special: MIDI Bagpipes are everywhere!: "In 2005, what you really need are the iPipes (seen above). Actually, they're not called that, but it's a better name than Master Gaita� for so many reasons. It's a PVC midi controller, with the unusual guarantee: 'No finger moisting needed to activate sensors.'"
January 25, 2005
Appendix A - The Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate: "David Cheriton (Prof. at Stanford, and author of the V system) said something similar to this in a class in distributed systems. Paraphrased: 'There are two kinds of researchers: those that have implemented something and those that have not. The latter will tell you that there are 142 ways of doing things and that there isn't consensus on which is best. The former will simply tell you that 141 of them don't work.'"
January 24, 2005
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. :-) -- Larry Wall in <8571@jpl-devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV>
Richard Monson-Haefel: The death knell: The JCP EC rejects JDO 2.0: "considering who is leading the POJO persistence development, Gavin King of Hibernate and some JDO vendors, it seems obvious to me that JDO and Hibernate implementations will have a much easier time porting to EJB 3.0 POJO persistence than will EJB 2.0/2.1 CMP implementations."
January 21, 2005
January 18, 2005
January 06, 2005
SEARCH : Programs : Technology Assistance : JIEM: "Among other things, SEARCH has developed a conceptual framework to present the flow of justice information between criminal justice agencies; define the key events that trigger the need to share information; identify the agencies involved in the exchange; and describe the nature of the information exchange."
January 05, 2005
THE WORLD QUESTION CENTER 2005: "e. So one might be tempted to believe that everything is just information. The danger there is solipsism and subjectivism. But we know, even as we cannot prove it, that there is reality out there. For me the strongest argument for a reality independent of us is the randomness of the individual quantum event, like the decay of a radioactive atom. There is no hidden reason why a given atom decays at the very instant it does so."